I’ve think I’ve just about shaken off the jet lag. I spent yesterday evening watching a traditional Thai folk dance and enjoying the food festival located on Kao San Road. Later I found a bar to enjoy a nice cold glass of beer and had a wonderful conversation with an Aussie about the care of bonsai trees. This morning, I woke up with bags under my eyes, but I did manage to haul myself out of bed, which is in one of the best five star hotels Bangkok can offer a traveller, and was off sightseeing.
I made a mistake by getting a tuk-tuk, it’s sort of a cross between to motorbike and and a bicycle. I thought it might be the cheapest way to get around, which it was after I figured out how to use them properly, but the driver said he would take me around to places that would take approximately 2 hours for 20 bhat. He take me to all the temples, because they are too far apart to walk to. I thought I knew the catch: the driver gets petrol money by taking me to all the jewellery shops, which really wouldn’t bother me, really. I knew how to just look and say no. Anyway, he dropped me off at one of the biggest Buddha statues I’ve ever seen, it was the reclining Buddha, the off to some more temples that were all a glitter in gold and sparkled. Then, after that is when he took me to a gem place. I was in and out as quickly as possible, I was really good at smiling and nodding. Then, he took me to the Golden Mount; It’s this huge man-made hill that I wandered up, the temple at the top was not too impressive, but the view of Bangkok was spectacular. I peered over a wall and saw hundreds of dragonflies buzzing around. Then I headed back down, when I reached the bottom, the driver had disappeared. I only felt sick to my stomach for about a minute, then I remembered that I hadn’t paid him yet!
I had a lot of tuk-tuk offers to take me to another temple for free, but I opted to walk. That was a very, very long walk, but I managed to find things all with my own instincts.